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Harper Henry

“I have a deep appreciation for the traditional, realistic painting styles of the great masters, however I longed to create a painting style that felt more alive. Something unexpected and intriguing. So, I began my journey into exploring a relationship between realism and abstraction.”

Harper Henry

From: Massachusetts | Medium: Mixed-media paintings

Harper Henry is an award-winning artist creating vibrant, abstract-realistic paintings focused mainly on horses and historical western figures. 

After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration, she had a successful 30 year career as a designer and Art Director in the world of commercial advertising. In 2016, she made the decision to resign and pursue painting full-time. Her work resides in galleries and private collections throughout the country, Canada, and Australia.

Harper’s work is a unique fusion of two contradictory art styles; abstract and realism. Inspired by the great works of John Singer Sargent, Nicolai Fechin and Oleg Stavrowsky. With each new piece she tries to push artistic boundaries by finding new ways to look at classical subject matter. Experimenting with styles that seemingly cause past and present to collide. In many pieces, bold brushwork is employed to evoke a sense of movement or reemergence.

Harper currently lives in Arizona and works out of her studio in the heart of the Sonoran Desert.

Artist Statement

Harper Henry is a contemporary western artist who lives and works from her studio in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. Known for her vibrant abstract realism and bold brush work, she has been painting images of horses and the American West for over twenty-five years. Born in Idaho, she’s always had and undying love for the west.

After a long career as an Art Director in the world of commercial advertising; she is overjoyed to finally dedicate herself to painting. An endeavor she’s dreamed of as long as she can remember. Harper has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration from Paier College of Art. Her work resides in private collections throughout the country and in Canada.

She attributes her unique painting approach to her interest in a fusion of two contradictory art styles. “With each new piece, I want to push my artistic boundaries. I have a deep appreciation for the traditional, realistic painting styles of the great masters, however I longed to create a painting style that felt more alive. Something unexpected and intriguing. So, I began my journey into exploring a relationship between realism and abstraction.”

Awards

  • 2021 Cowgirl Up! Artist’s Choice Award, Desert Caballeros Western Museum
  • 2021 Cowgirl Up! First Place, 2-D on Canvas Award, Desert Caballeros Western Museum
  • 2020 Cowgirl Up! Artist’s Choice Award, Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Collection & Exhibits

  • 2022 Miniature Masterpiece Art Show & Sale, Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ

  • 2022 17th Annual Cowgirl Up!, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ

  • 2021 235 Smaller Works Show, FOR Fine Art, Whitefish, MT

  • 2021 Redefining Traditions – Abstract Realism in the West, Frame Of Reference Fine Art, Bigfork, MT

  • 2021 16th Annual Cowgirl Up!, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ

  • 2020 235 Smaller Works Show, Frame Of Reference Fine Art, Whitefish, MT

  • 2020 Small Works Great Wonders, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, OK

  • 2020 51st Annual Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, Tucson, AZ

  • 2020 15th Annual Cowgirl Up!, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ

  • 2020 March In Montana Auction, Great Falls, MT

  • 2020 Yellowstone Art Auction 52, Billings, MT

  • 2019 50th Annual Mountain Oyster Club Art Show, Tucson, AZ

  • 2019 12 Squared Holiday Art Show, Terakedis Fine Art, Billings, MT

  • 2019 235 Smaller Works Show, Frame Of Reference Fine Art, Whitefish, MT

  • 2019 Space And Species, Terakedis Fine Art, Billings, MT

  • 2019 Miniatures By The Lake, Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Coeur d’Alene, ID

  • 2019 Hold Your Horses, Phippen Museum, Prescott, AZ

  • 2019 The West In Her Eyes, Terakedis Fine Art, Billings, MT

  • 2019 North By Northwest, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT

  • 2019 14th Annual Cowgirl Up!, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Wickenburg, AZ

  • 2018 Yellowstone Art Museum, 51st Annual Art Auction, Billings, MT

  • 2018 12 Squared Holiday Show, Terakedis Fine Art, Billings, MT

  • 2018 The West In Her Eyes, Terakedis Fine Art, Billings, MT

Debra Corbett